A former kids’s TV presenter has denied he’s the elusive graffiti artist Banksy, after a idea posted on-line went viral.
“Neil Buchanan ISN’T Banksy,” learn an announcement posted to the broadcaster’s official web site on Monday.
It got here after a social media hearsay prompt the previous Art Attack and Finder’s Keepers host was the person behind Banksy’s nameless avenue artwork.
After the story unfold, the 58-year-old felt obliged to clear the air.
“We have been inundated with enquiries over the weekend regarding the current social media story,” learn the discover on his web site.
“Unfortunately this website does not have the infrastructure to answer all these enquiries individually, however we can confirm that there is no truth in the rumour whatsoever.”
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It added: “Neil spent Lockdown with vulnerable members of his family and is now preparing to launch his new art collection in 2021. Thank you and please stay safe.”
Neil Buchanan hosted Art Attack on ITV from 1990 till 2007, and was recognized for utilizing the present to create formidable, large-scale artworks – together with a zoo scene created from sacks of greens; and a image of a snail carved right into a subject by a lawnmower.
Rumours of his supposed alter-ego seem to have began when one person claimed that Banksy artworks had sprung up in locations the place Buchanan’s former band Marseille performed gigs.
Mystery has surrounded the true id of Banksy for a number of years, and lots of information retailers have printed theories about who they may be.
Their id, nonetheless, has by no means been formally confirmed.
The Bristol-based artist has been notably lively this yr, and final month funded a ship to rescue refugees at sea.
However, Italy’s coastguard, along with a bigger rescue boat, needed to come to the Louise Michel’s assist after it grew to become stranded and overloaded.
In July, Banksy inspired the general public to put on face masks in a chunk of graffiti which appeared on a London Underground practice.
Transport for London (TfL) stated it was later eliminated in keeping with its “strict anti-graffiti policy”.
And, in May, an paintings which paid tribute to the NHS appeared within the lobby of Southampton General Hospital.